A NSW Government website


Water Infrastructure NSW

Water Infrastructure NSW (WINSW) is responsible for leading the development and delivery of key government water infrastructure projects and programs across the state.

We are committed to delivering world-class, major water infrastructure projects that will contribute to the safety, security and sustainability of our valued water resources for our communities and the environment.

WINSW will collaborate across the water sector, with industry partners and stakeholders, to deliver innovative infrastructure and water management solutions, with a focus on outcomes that support the health, well-being and prosperity of our customers and communities as well as the natural environment.

We are working closely with communities, and our industry and government partners, to deliver projects and programs that:

  • increase the state’s long-term water security, such as the building of new dams and major pipelines
  • build drought resilience into our regional water supply, for example the delivery of water bore capping and replacement projects in the Great Artesian Basin
  • provide greater access to safe and sustainable water and wastewater services through co-funding new treatment plants and reservoirs in regional areas
  • expand ground water supplies in regional areas
  • improve outcomes for the environment by more effectively and efficiently delivering water to where it is needed in our rivers, creeks and wetlands
  • achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal communities, improving cultural water flows and delivering broad benefits via our projects.
WINSW delivers these outcomes by:

  • leading the planning and delivery of key water infrastructure projects
  • building and maintaining respectful, trusted and collaborative relationships with communities
  • working with all levels of government to deliver water infrastructure projects
  • partnering with Aboriginal communities to ensure cultural needs are factored into the delivery of all our projects
  • building the capacity of the NSW water sector to deliver our pipeline of infrastructure projects.

Projects and programs

WINSW is delivering a wide range of projects to provide long-term security and ensure water remains a protected resource. This includes increasing storage capacity through new dams, exploring new and innovative technologies that help improve the efficient use of water and investing in infrastructure enabling water to be recycled and reused safely and effectively.

WINSW is delivering a wide range of infrastructure projects and programs to provide long-term water security, improved access to quality water supplies in regional areas and to ensure water remains a protected resource.

Learn more about current WINSW projects/programs:

Dam projects

Investigating three dam projects critical to improving the resilience and water supply for regional communities in NSW.

Wyangala Dam

Regional projects

Delivering key major water infrastructure projects to improve water security in regional areas and cultural outcomes.

Old Wilcannia Weir spilling

Safe and Secure Water Program

Investing in the long-term water security of regional communities by working with local water utilities to deliver key local infrastructure.

Safe and Secure Water Program.

NSW Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism

Aiming to achieve better environmental outcomes for rivers, wetlands and wildlife using less water.

Menindee Weir, NSW.

Great Artesian Basin projects

Designed to improve water security, drought resilience and management via a series of projects to upgrade or replace artesian bores.

Aerial view of the Great Artesian Basin.

Reconnecting River Country Program

Improving environmental, social and cultural outcomes for communities along the Murray and Murrumbidgee River systems.

Off-farm water efficiency program

Better preparing communities for a water constrained future and providing economic stimulus in regional areas.

Visit the individual WINSW project pages to subscribe to ongoing project updates.

Stakeholder engagement

WINSW is committed to building and maintaining respectful, trusted and collaborative relationships with our communities and stakeholders to ensure water infrastructure projects achieve the best possible outcomes.

We believe in engagement with real, tangible and practical outcomes that enables our communities to work in partnership to deliver projects that realise a wide range of benefits with minimal disruption.

We provide ample opportunities for our local communities and stakeholders to have their say on projects throughout their stages of development and delivery. This feedback is used as a key input into project decision making, including workshopping potential options and the timing and delivery of projects. Importantly, it also shapes how we design our consultation and engagement programs to ensure we are communicating with our communities most effectively.

Strategy for delivering Aboriginal community outcomes

We recognise and acknowledge the unique relationship and deep connection to Country that Aboriginal people have, as the Traditional Owners and first peoples of Australia.

Ongoing access to resources such as water is essential so Aboriginal people can continue cultural practices and maintain their connection with the land and care for Country. We acknowledge there is much for us to learn from the perspectives, knowledge, relationships, cultural practices and environmental protocols that are alive and vibrant in Aboriginal communities today.

The wisdom and experience of local Aboriginal communities plays a critical role in informing our approach to water infrastructure projects and we have a dedicated engagement team who guide our ongoing engagement with Aboriginal communities across NSW.

The draft 'Strategy for delivering Aboriginal community outcomes' outlines our commitment to putting Aboriginal engagement and inclusion at the centre of how it does business and delivers on its objectives. The strategy outlines five key focus areas for Water Infrastructure NSW:

  1. Community engagement: Have best class, sustainable and ongoing engagement with Aboriginal communities on all Water Infrastructure NSW projects
  2. Cultural capability: Have a team of culturally competent people who have understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal cultures and can work effectively with Aboriginal communities
  3. Employment targets: Create sustainable and ongoing employment opportunities for Aboriginal people within Water Infrastructure NSW
  4. Building opportunities: Create employment opportunities for Aboriginal communities associated with programs and projects
  5. Economic participation: Ensure Aboriginal communities are best placed to capture economic benefits from infrastructure investments.

These initiatives will best ensure that the benefits of our infrastructure investments are shared with Aboriginal communities and that Aboriginal engagement and inclusion are at the centre of how we deliver on our objectives.

Consultation will commence with Aboriginal community groups over the coming months before the strategy is finalised in October. Feedback and input on the draft strategy is crucial to the implementation of the final strategy and ensuring it meets community needs.

Download the draft strategy (PDF, 1052.5 KB)

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the Strategy and upcoming engagement please phone 1300 081 047 or email water.enquiries@dpie.nsw.gov.au.